Hotdognz: I would also suggest getting the PS3 remote as it works very well and is set out like most normal DVD remotes, I purchased one for the same reason you have the wife didnt like useing the PS3 controller.

+1.  One tip though - keep the remote out of reach of small grubby fingers as pressing any button powers up the PS3 (great design there!) and, as it uses more power than a fridge...